Boracay TF to strengthen emergency response capabilities in the island

Published September 25, 2019, 8:17 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Boracay Interagency Task Force (BIATF) on Wednesday ensured the strengthening of emergency response in the island to prevent another tragedy similar to the death of members of the Boracay Dragon Team.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (DENR / MANILA BULLETIN)
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu

“The Boracay Inter-agency Task Force is saddened by this tragedy and sympathizes with the families of all casualties. The task force will work with the local government units and other authorities to extend assistance to all [those] affected by this unfortunate incident,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, who also heads the BIATF, said.

He assured that the BIATF field office “will work on a comprehensive emergency response program and shall recommend it to the principals of the task force.”

The BIATF is co-chaired by Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

“The program will consider the provision of necessary protocols, logistics, and resources for an effective emergency rescue and response in the island,” Cimatu said.

The local municipality of Malay in Aklan also responded to the aid of the victims and their families by activating their incident command system, with the departments and agencies providing their services such as cadaver management from the municipal health office; family assistance and stress debriefing from the municipal social welfare and development office and Red Cross; and security from the Philippine Coast Guard and the maritime arm of the Philippine National Police.